Episode 235: Joel Smith - High performance training and the feet

This episodes guest is Joel Smith from Just Fly Performance.

Joel Smith, MS, CSCS is a NCAA Division I Strength Coach working in the PAC12 conference.  He has been a track and field jumper and javelin thrower, track coach, strength coach, personal trainer, researcher, writer and lecturer in his 8 years in the professional field.  His degrees in exercise science have been earned from Cedarville University in 2006 (BA) and Wisconsin LaCrosse (MS) in 2008.  Prior to California, Joel was a track coach, strength coach and lecturer at Wilmington College of Ohio.  During Joel’s coaching tenure at Wilmington, he guided 8 athletes to NCAA All-American performances including a national champion in the women’s 55m dash.  In 2011, Joel started Just Fly Sports with Jake Clark in an effort to bring relevant training information to the everyday coach and athlete.  Aside from the NSCA, Joel is certified through USA Track and Field and his hope is to bridge the gap between understandable theory and current coaching practices.

On this episode Joel and I discuss:

  • Joel's gives us an update on his work and personal life
  • Joel share's he thoughts on foot training
  • I ask Joel about how he assesses the feet
  • I ask Joel how does he train the feet
  • I ask Joel to share his current thoughts on power and speed methods
  • I ask what was he reading at the time we recorded this interview


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - just-fly-sports.com

Twitter - @JustFlySports

Instagram - justflysports


Podcasts Mentioned:

Just Fly Performance Podcast #98: Gary Ward: Integrating the Foot into Holistic Human Performance

Just Fly Performance Podcast #192: Gary Ward on High Arches, “Turned Out” Feet and Awakening the Lower Leg for Optimal Movement and Athleticism

Just Fly Performance Podcast #160: David Grey on The Power of Pronation in Athletic Performance

Just Fly Performance Podcast #212: David Grey on Barefoot Dynamics, Foot Actions, and a Joint-Based Approach to Relieving Tendon Pain

Just Fly Performance Podcast #140:  Ziegler on Athletic Performance From the Ground Up

Just Fly Performance Podcast #67: Xie on Feet, Fascia and Holistic Athletic Power

Just Fly Performance Podcast #204: Max Shank on Primal Strength, Elasticity and Holistic Athletic Development

Just Fly Performance Podcast #143: Christian Thibaudeau on Advances in Neuro-typing, French Contrast, and Youth Development

Just Fly Performance Podcast #208: Christian Thibaudeau on Adrenaline, Muscle Tone and Optimizing Training Splits in Athletic Performance

Just Fly Performance Podcast #221: Christian Thibaudeau on Omni-Rep Training for Speed-Power Athletes

Just Fly Performance Podcast #216: Paul Cater on Flow, Rhythm and Awareness: Exploring the Training Session as a Mirror to Sport and Beyond

Books Mentioned:

Speed Strength

Vertical Foundations

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious

The Last Law of Attraction Book You'll Ever Need To Read


People and Resources Mentioned:

Adarian Barr

Wim Hof


evolve move play

Rafe Kelley

Gary Ward

Emily Splichal

Bill Hartman

Chris Korfist

David Grey

Marv and Gary Marinovich

Mike Guadango

Jay Schroeder 

Adaptable Polarity

Aaron Gordon

Dan Pfaff

Cal Dietz

Tony Holler

David Weck

LeBron James


Max Shank

Christian Thibaudeau

Cory Schlesinger

Paul Cater

The Alpha Project

James Fitzgerald

Joe Dispenza 

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